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The Opportunities and Challenges of Cross-Strait Relations

  • The Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

~ Registration/Check-In opens at 9:00 a.m. ~

Keynote Remarks (9:30 a.m.)

  • Chen Ming-tong, Mainland Affairs Council Minister, Republic of China (Taiwan)
  • Introduced by Dr. Kim Holmes, Executive Vice President, The Heritage Foundation

Panel 1: China under Xi Jinping (10:30-11:45 a.m.)

  • Arthur S. DingResearch Fellow, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University
  • Chin-Fu HungProfessor, Political Science Department, National Cheng Kung University
  • Phillip Saunders, Director, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs
  • Dean ChengSenior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator

Luncheon (11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

  • Remarks by The Honorable Ted Yoho (R-FL) Chairman, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Panel 2: U.S.-China Relations: Implications for Taiwan’s Security and Democracy (12:45-2:00 p.m.)

  • I-chung LaiPresident, Prospect Foundation
  • Yeh-chung LuVice President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
  • Dan Twining, President, International Republican Institute
  • Prashanth Parameswaran, Senior Editor, The Diplomat
  • Jeff SmithResearch Fellow, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator

Keynote Remarks (2:00-3:00 p.m.)

  • Randy Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

Panel 3: Cross-Strait Relations and Strategic Impact (3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.)

  • Cheng-yi LinPresident, Institute for National Defense and Security Research
  • David W.F. HuangAssociate Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica
  • Shelley Rigger, Professor, Davidson College
  • Riley Walters, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • Ketty ChenVice President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy – Moderator

Panel 4: Roundtable (4:45-5:30 p.m.)

  • Scott KastnerProfessor, University of Maryland
  • Abe DenmarkDirector Asia Program, Wilson Center
  • Ketty ChenVice President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
  • Walter LohmanDirector, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation – Moderator

Reception (5:30-7:00 p. m.)

Relations between China and Taiwan over the last couple of years have been very challenging. China is very actively challenging Taiwan across the range of its national power, conducting military exercises off its coasts, pulling away its diplomatic allies, barring its meaningful participation in international organizations. What is the impetus behind this new aggressive approach and where is it headed? What can Taiwan and its friends and allies due to mitigate the pressure on it?